Press release: Crackdown on rogue bailiffs

first_img when and how enforcement agents can enter somebody’s premises The Government is to launch a call for evidence following concerns that a minority of bailiffs are still acting aggressively when collecting money from debtors – particularly from vulnerable people.The call for evidence, which will be launched shortly, will look to those directly involved to share their experiences to help stop this in its tracks.Justice Minister Lucy Frazer said: The majority of bailiffs act professionally and within the rules, but we have been told by those working on the front line that this may not always be the case. Aggressive tactics will not be tolerated, and through our call for evidence we will identify where the problems are and, if necessary, take action to ensure all bailiffs operate professionally and with proper respect and sensitivity. In 2014, the government brought in new laws to protect the public from aggressive enforcement agents, while at the same time making sure that debts could still be collected fairly.The first review of those reforms is published today (2 April), demonstrating positive progress since our changes. This includes better awareness around debtor rights and how to complain, more clarity for debtors about the fees that can be charged, the processes that should be followed, and where to go for advice.It also found the overall effectiveness of proper enforcement has improved, with a greater proportion of debts now being successfully enforced.Read the ‘One year review of enforcement agent reforms’.However, following concerns raised by the advice sector, the call for evidence which will be launched shortly seeks to address those minority of bailiffs who continue to flout the rules and aggressively pressure vulnerable people.Notes to editorsDebts which enforcement agents (formerly known as bailiffs) enforce include council tax arrears and unpaid debts owed to individuals and businesses.In 2014 the Government introduced reforms to strengthen protection from rogue enforcement agents, while at the same time making sure that debts could still be collected fairly.The reforms centred on the implementation of Part 3 and Schedule 12 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. The reforms provided legal protection by introducing a comprehensive code governing, amongst other things: what goods they can and cannot seize and, if necessary, sell what fees they can chargecenter_img the safeguards to prevent the use of force against debtors Review of government reforms highlights the positive impact of changes but reveals lingering concerns over aggressive behaviour by minority of bailiffs. Ministers announce that they will be launching a call for evidence after concerns are raised that some bailiffs are aggressively pursuing debts The reforms also stopped enforcement agents entering homes when only children are present, and introduced mandatory training and a new certification process for enforcement agents.Ministers pledged to review the impact of the reforms, and the first review is published today.The review started in early 2015 and involved analysing a variety of data, and gathering views from key stakeholders including creditors, the advice sector, other government agencies and enforcement agents themselves.For further information please call the Press Office 0203 334 3536.last_img read more

Bulldogs Get Wins Over Indians

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs 8th Grade Basketball defeated The Milan Indians 43-33.Batesville improves to 7-4Score by quarters:  1st Bville 12, Milan 9; 2nd Bville 18, Milan 17; 3rd Bville 27, Milan  23; 4th Bville 43, Milan 33.Batesville Individual scoring:  Seth Gausman 13; Colt Meyer 9; Brayden Linkel 2; Bill Lynam 2; Dempsy Bohman 9; and Jake Cruse 5.“Milan fought hard and kept it close throughout the game. Our boys had to learn to fight back and step up to the physical challenge, which they did. I think we took a step forward in learning how to win the mental and physical game.”- Bulldogs Coach Chris Bradford.After 4 tough losses in a row, the Batesville 7th Grade Boys team snapped their losing streak, defeating the Milan Indians on Thursday night 43-41.With the score tied 41 to 41, and 8.5 seconds to go in the game, Calvin Sherwood made a great steal and after securing the ball got it to Alex Siefert. Siefert then found Mason Barker on the other end of the court with no one around him. With 1 second left, Barker put up a shot and it went in as the buzzer sounded, giving the Bulldogs a dramatic victory.It was an up and down game for both teams, as Batesville jumped out to a 13 to 0 lead at the end of the first quarter and took an 18 to 9 lead into halftime. The second half was a far different story as Milan held a 5 point lead at the end of the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter went back and forth, but the Bulldogs were able to come away with a hard fought win.The 7th Grade Bulldogs improve their record 4 and 7 on the year.Batesville’s next games will be on December 29th when they compete in the Crosstown Classic. The Bulldogs will play the first game at 9am when they take on Benjamin Rush Middle School and their 2nd game will be at 1:20 pm against Jennings County. Should Batesville win those games, they would play in the Championship game at 3:30 against the winner of Pool B which consists of St. Louis, Connersville and North Decatur. All of these games will be at Batesville Middle School.Score By Quarter:Milan: 1st- 0, 2nd-9, 3rd-19, 4th-13 Total Points-41Batesville: 1st-13, 2nd-5, 3rd-5, 4th-20 Total Points-43Individual Scoring:  Mason Barker: 2FG-4, 3FG-2, FT-0 for 0, Total-14; Calvin Sherwood: 2FG-3, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total-6;  RJ Powell: 2FG-3, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total-6; Bristol Davies: 2FG-1, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total-2;  Ethan Brewer: 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-1 for 2, Total-1;  Damon Grieshop: 2FG-1, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total-2;  Pros Moorman: 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total-0;  Trey Peters: 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-1 for 2, Total-1;  Matthew Meyer: 2FG-2, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total-4;  Jaden Peetz: 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total-0;  Nathan Villani: 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total-0;  Alex Siefert: 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total-0;  and Austin Cornn: 2FG-2, 3FG-0, FT-3 for 4, Total-7.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Luke Williams.last_img read more

Wellington schools officially begin in a week… and the countdown begins

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The following is the school schedule for the next eight days at USD 353: Tuesday, August 11Wellington Middle School Fall Sports Meeting at 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, August 12Special Education – Teacher Inservice, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.Thursday, August 13 All-Staff Inservice/Building staff meeting, 8 a.m.Wellington School Board meeting, 7 to 11 p.m.Friday, August 14All Staff Inservice – building staff meetings – 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Sunday, August 16Life of an Athlete – Code Night at Wellington High School – 6 to 8 p.m.Monday, August 17Teacher Work Day – Inservice – 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Tuesday, August 18 First day of school — For all Wellington elementary and middle school students. Freshmen and new students only at Wellington High School, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Wednesday, August 19First day of school for all upper class at Wellington High School. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more